Fukuoka Access Guide

Fukuoka used to be Japan’s gateway to mainland Asia and is still very well connected by sea, land and air.

Fukuoka Airport is near the city centre, being just two subway stops from the Hakata JR station. It is connected to most major cities in Japan, such as Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, and offers international flights to South Korea, China, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam, to name a few. From Tokyo, it is faster to fly to Fukuoka than taking the Shinkansen and may also work out to be cheaper while cutting the travelling time two hours or less than half the train ride.

The Sanyo Shinkansen line and Kyushu Shinkansen line stop at Fukuoka City. Fukuoka is 90 minutes’ by Shinkansen train from Kagoshima, or an overnight sleeper ride away by Sunrise Izumo from Tokyo on the Sanyo Shinkansen line, a great option for train fans. Nishitetsu runs a daily night bus between Fukuoka and Tokyo that takes 14.5 hours.
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The metro connection within Fukuoka city is extensive, and a 100 Yen Bus that runs frequently will take you through the city center and major attractions between Hakata and Tenjin, including Canal City and Nakasu Island. 

The Ocean Tokyu Ferry runs a daily route between Tokyo and Kitakyushu that takes 34 hours and starts from 16,000 yen for the cheapest class. From the Kitakyushu Shin-Moji Port, Fukuoka is a 90 minute train ride away. 

JR Kyushu also runs a jet ferry hydrofoil connecting to Busan in South Korea. This runs 5 times a day, costs 13,000 yen and takes around 3 hours.

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